Sorry for the delay, but this is proving to be a very busy week for us. First of all, a photo of the beautiful mug by award-winning artist Carole Glover , which is the one I bought from Powdermills Pottery. Do go and check her website out, as you will be amazed at her skill and artistry. We just love her designs and I have asked for something else of hers for Christmas (a combined present from all my family). I would LOVE the big jug with hearts on, hint, hint!
A pot of lesser stuff, but still pleasing to my eye, this little piece of Torquay pottery pretends to have been made in 1821, but it is fibbing! Allthe same, it gives me delight and probably dates from nearly a century later. I found it with some other nice pieces of Torquay on a table at Cheddar car boot sale.
Above and below, this came from the same car boot sale and is a nice early piece of Scandy. The earlier pieces had longer rhymes on them.
With our backs to Postbridge, we drove across the moor to Widecombe, which seemed to be very busy. Here are a few photos of the village and surrounds.
Above: the Church house, built in 1537. It was said originally to have been the Church Brewery, but then became Almshouses, and then a school at one point. The National Trust now has a shop here stocking local crafts.
The yew tree opposite was probably a meeting place in times gone by as this base once held the original Widecombe Cross (there were three in this area and guess who missed seeing the ones in the church and churchyard?) However, you can go and see them on THIS LINK.
St Pancras' church dates back to the 14th C and is known as "the Cathedral of the Moors" and its parish is huge, which must have given parishioners problems in the past, attending services in poor weather, and especially taking their dead for burial there. HERE is the Wikipedia page about the village.
I couldn't resist a photo of this wonderful piece of drystone walling - made by the old motto "use what is available"!
The view to the moor from the lych gate of the church. I can't for the life of me work out which Tor you can see!
Looking towards the coast from the road from Widecombe up to Hay Tor.
Goodbye to the moor . . .